Associate Professor Applied Statistics (Tenure Track)

Gepubliceerd op
24 april 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Natural Sciences
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We are looking for

Within the Chair group of Applied Statistics we have a vacancy for an associate professor in Applied Statistics. We search for someone whose statistical expertise can contribute to the further development of especially the themes Statistical Genetics and Genomics and/or Big Data in the Life Sciences. Relevant statistical expertise’s are computational statistics, (Hidden) Markov models, high dimensional regression techniques, penalized regression methods, Bayesian modelling, graphical modelling, mixed models, and multivariate statistics. In addition to statistical expertise, we expect candidates to have an active interest in life sciences and be able to translate life science problems into statistical modelling questions. An important asset will be the capacity to attract PhDs and external funding. Furthermore, you should be a stimulating teacher, and contribute to the international profile of the group.

We ask

Candidates should have a strong track record in research in the area of statistics or quantitative biology, to be demonstrated by work done in PhD and postdoc or assistant professor positions. You are able to contribute to developments in statistical methodology in one or more of the key areas of the group (statistical genetics and genomics, big data, risk assessment, quantitative ecology) and to develop your own research line. You are a motivating teacher with proven experience in developing and teaching statistics courses to life scientists, both at elementary and more advanced levels. You have demonstrated to be successful in obtaining research grants in competitive funding schemes to fund your own research. You are a team player and team builder with a keen interest in collaborative research and willing to contribute to the general tasks of the chair group. You have the capabilities and ambition to become (personal) professor.

We offer

Wageningen University offers talented scientists a challenging Tenure Track career trajectory. Once appointed as an associate professor you can grow into a Professor holding a Personal Chair. You are expected to develop a research line, build up and maintain a research group and supervise PhD students. Up to 40% teaching is foreseen in your appointment. Career steps follow an assessment of performance at predefined times by a tenure track committee.

This is initially a seven year position in which you will enter the tenure track. We provide a stimulating environment for science, with commitment to help you develop in your career. We offer you a temporary contract which will be extended if you perform well. Gross salary per month: from € 4.815,- up to € 5.861,- (Scale 13 VSNU) based on full time employment and depending on expertise and experience. In addition, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

The selected candidates will be interviewed by a recruitment committee (second round).

More information

For questions about this vacancy you can contact prof. Fred van Eeuwijk, e-mail: fred.vaneeuwijk

For more information about Tenure Track within Wageningen UR look at

Please upload a cover letter, your CV, and a research and teaching statement.
You can apply online via until 25 May 2018.

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Biometris is the central group for mathematics and statistics at Wageningen University and Research Centre. The group consists of about 75 people, 50 permanent staff and 25 PhDs and postdocs. Education and consultation are pivotal for the societal role of Biometris. Education is at the very heart of the university and Biometris provides all BSc courses on statistics and mathematics at Wageningen UR, as well as numerous other courses for MSc and PhD students, post-docs and industry. Biometris also provides statistical and mathematical consultancy and training to researchers inside and outside Wageningen UR.

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